Xander Boggs, UF student playing instrument

Bridging Music and Medicine

Other universities told Xander Boggs he’d have to choose between music and medical school. The University of Florida encouraged him do both. Through UF’s one-of-a-kind Music for Pre-Health Professions degree, Boggs will earn a bachelor of music while taking all of the math and science courses he needs to apply to med school.

“Music is my driving force. I really wanted to keep it in my life,” says Boggs, a first-year student who plays cello, piano, guitar and bass and wants to be an emergency-room doctor. “That’s the main reason I chose UF.”

UF is the only institution accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music to offer a bachelor of music combined with another field. Pre-health isn’t the only option: Music students can graduate with a Master of Science in Management or Entrepreneurship or pursue a second bachelor’s degree — engineering is a popular choice.

“I know for me I wouldn’t be happy just focusing on STEM,” Boggs said. “Music gives me a break from the stress of STEM classes. When I’m feeling stressed out, I can practice cello or write a song.”